Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

 Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

Among the many feisty women who have called Ghost Ranch their home is Florence Hawley Ellis, one of the first women to receive a PhD in anthropology (from the University of Chicago, in 1934). In her definitive history book called Ghost Ranch (available for purchase at the Trading Post), Lesley Poling-Kempes describes Ellis and her students’ discovery of an archaeological site north of the Ranch that rocked the world of anthropology in 1971. Poling-Kempes writes, “Dr. Ellis assured everyone that what had just happened – the finding of so many entire ceramic pots hidden in a lava field – never happens. It was a remarkable site to have stumbled upon.”

The museum is named for the late Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, long-time professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Ellis initiated and led Ghost Ranch archaeology excavations from 1971 until 1990. Excavations continue on two sites located on Ghost Ranch property.

The Museum of Anthropology at Ghost Ranch displays ancient artifacts from Paleo-Indian culture, 10,000 years ago, through ancestral Puebloan times to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos. Exhibits of the work of local artists, as well as a fascinating gift shop, add to the excitement of a visit to the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum.

Both Ghost Ranch museums offer summer and fall educational seminars where participants are invited to experience and contribute to field and lab work in archeology and paleontology.

Ghost Ranch also offers tours of both fossil and archaeological localities.


Schedule: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: There is a $5.00 conservation fee payable at the Welcome Center that allows guest access to labyrinth, Museums, bathroom facilities and ranch grounds.

Public tours available.

School Outreach
Annually, approximately 2,000-3,000 school children visit the anthropology and paleontology museum on field trips and have the opportunity to learn about local cultures by participating in related educational activities such as traditional tinwork, sand painting, and straw-inlay work, as well as having the chance to hike to archaeological sites found on Ghost Ranch.

To arrange an outing for your school group or to have a visit made to your school, call the museum at 505.685.1000, ext. 4118.


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